Birmingham City

V

St. Andrew's

17/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Millwall

V

St. Andrew's

17/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence:  Birmingham’s bid to further put light between themselves and the bottom three continues as Millwall travel to St Andrew’s fighting to break into the top half of the table – with relegation points and even the latest of playoff charges not out of the question just yet, it’s all to play for in the second city.

Last time: Millwall have some fond of memories of travelling to Birmingham after collecting a 1-0 win the last time the two met at St Andrews. Alan Dunne struck the only goal of the game during a February 2015 Championship match sending the visitors back home with all three points.

This time: Birmingham City are 6/4 to win with Millwall at 19/10 and the draw 21/10.

You might remember: During the 2013/14 Championship season the Blues ran Millwall ragged and came away with a 4-0 win. The game was notable as a certain Jesse Lingard found the back of the net in a season both clubs just avoided the drop.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Birmingham City are looking to bounce back from their derby defeat to Aston Villa as Millwall visit St Andrew’s

Under Steve Cotterill Birmingham are edging away from danger after seemingly being destined for the drop earlier in the campaign. Consistency is playing its part and a tightened defence has enabled the Blues to open up a two-point gap on Barnsley in the final relegation spot. After a cup exit, Millwall’s only hope of salvaging anything from an average season is to maintain recent form and still with much of the season to go, there will be no taking their foot off the pedal just yet.

Birmingham City are 6/4 to win and that is pretty good value considering they are playing a side who have only won twice away from home all season. Although Millwall did beat the Blues last time they played at St Andrew’s, that is not the norm with Birmingham having beaten the Lions in four of the last eight home meetings.

Millwall are 19/10 to win and recent form suggests that could be a decent price. They did win the last time they visited Birmingham and with two away wins in their last four Championship games, it would not be a complete surprise if the Lions headed home with three points.

The draw is 21/10 and that price could see plenty of money and for good reason. Five of the last 13 league meetings have resulted in a share of the spoils, but not since 2013 and five games ago.

Under 2.5 goals in the game is at 4/7, and based on the two sides’ home and away scoring records, that could be a great bet. Birmingham have managed just 11 goals at home all season – the worst in the league – while Millwall have found the back of the net just 12 times on their travels, meaning a low scoring affair is almost a certainty.

For the game to be 0-0 at half time is 11/8, which adds a certain degree of security to the draw bet and a chance to collect some winnings prior to the second half. A point would suit both sides and a slow start to the game is on the cards.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A fairly quiet game. Birmingham are scrapping for their lives and although Millwall still have time for a late play-off push, it’s highly unlikely they can pull back the 13-point deficit to Bristol in sixth. For the second half to finish a draw is 5/4 and much like the first half, both sides could be happy to settle for that.

2

We fancy:

No goal in the game is 13/2, and that could be one of the best bets of the weekend. Birmingham are awful in front of their home support and the Lions are little better on their travels, making a 0-0 draw one of the likeliest outcomes.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Birmingham to repeat their 2013 4-0 win is at 50/1, and although they have been struggling for goals this season, with Lukas Jutkiewicz in the side Birmingham are capable of routing any team on their day.

Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!